Suspension and expulsion

Suspension and expulsion from school are strategies schools can use within the context of schools’ student wellbeing and discipline policies.

Suspension is not intended as a punishment. Suspension allows time for school staff to plan and/or review learning and behaviour supports to assist a student engage positively with school and learning.

In some cases, suspension from school allows the school and government school system time to put measures in place to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Schools and the government school system work with parents, the student and specialist staff or other agencies, where appropriate, to assist a suspended student re-join the school community as quickly as possible.

Detailed information is available in the Suspension and expulsion of school students – procedures (PDF 1341.32 KB)

Recording and reporting suspension and expulsion data

Schools are required to record suspensions/expulsions as soon as they occur in either the department’s Enrolment Registration Number System (ERN), for non Learning Management and Business Reform (LMBR) schools, or ebs:central, for LMBR schools. Schools using third party systems must enter data into ERN or ebs:central.

Non LMBR schools can refer to the ERN quick reference guide – student suspension (PDF 4391.84 KB) for details on using the ERN suspension module. For these schools, expulsions are recorded via the enrolment registration component of ERN, since expulsion from school involves a change in the student’s registration status.
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Suspension and expulsion checklists

These checklists are a helpful tool to be used in conjunction with the suspension and expulsion procedures.

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Frequently asked questions

More detailed information on suspension and expulsion is available via our frequently asked questions (PDF 2707.95 KB) (Note: This resource does not currently meet WCAG 2.0 accessibility requirements. Please contact 02 9244 5340 to request an alternative copy).

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